Unlucky No7

I told you guys how difficult/frustrating/annoying it was to buy this house, right? I think I said it was a real pain in the butt. The previous owner lives in another country. She is some fancy pants doctor who went to Harvard before spending some time in medical school here. She bought this house years ago while in med school, then rented it out while she lived in CA. Then she moved to another country and decided to sell her house. Like fifteen times. She listed, de-listed, and re-listed multiple times over a two year period. I’m guessing because she had to keep changing realtors. She’s not the easiest person to work with, and it took us over a month to even be under contract. She didn’t really care about time frames for responses at all.  We’d say 36 hours and she’d wait five days. We’d counter and she’d wait another week to respond. We had time frames for responding to inspections, repair caps, etc and she just ignored them. Her realtor even told us that if the deal with us didn’t work out, she was dropping her. She was just fed up. Some people would make offers and she wouldn’t even respond. No counter, no “no,” no nothing.

The previous owner is also a liar. A big-fat disclosure-falsifying liar. The inspection revealed multiple problems that she didn’t disclose, and they weren’t things of which she had no knowledge either. She said there were “no known problems” with the A/C, but when it wouldn’t come on at the inspection, her realtor produced a heat and air guy that had worked on the unit the month prior and was able to tell us why it wouldn’t come on.  He put some sort of moisture sensor that would make it kick off if there was too much moisture. Hmm. Weird. I don’t know much about heat and air or plumbing, and I sure didn’t know they went together. So it wasn’t coming on on purpose. To prevent too much condensation. Turns out there was also a plumbing problem, a plumbing problem that she didn’t disclose but had serviced prior. Hmm. A plumbing problem that she asked US to split the cost of (I’m telling you: she’s crazy!)The inspection also revealed that the fireplace gas line was not working, and couldn’t be repaired due to rust. When informed of this, she said, “I always thought it was just a wood-burning fireplace.” Hmmm. That’s weird because in the disclosure she said that the GAS fireplace was in working order. I’m starting to see a pattern.

We almost walked away a dozen times. It’s just a house. We don’t get that attached to buildings. There is an entire city full of other houses here. We started looking at them. We found several that would “work” just fine, but then she would respond just in time or we’d remind each other how much we love the area. And our boys love this house.

What is it with kids and stairs? They LOVE the stairs. When asked WHY they love this one so much over the others, they would always say the stairs and the yard (that is a story for another day). So, here we are in No7 after what seemed to be the most ridiculous negotiating and inspection process ever.  Although the quickest closing ever. Apparently the realtor called the title company to get the ball rolling while we were still negotiating about plumbing problems. Once we were “officially” under contract, I asked something about what title company we’d use and my hubby said, “I just found out the title work is already done. We can close next week probably.”

And we did. We closed the next week. On my birthday! (How’s that for full-circle irony?) When we did the final walk through the morning of to make sure the plumbing and electrical issues were resolved, the power had been turned off. Ugh. We were able to contact the electric company and get it turned on in order to make sure everything worked with fifteen minutes before closing. Seriously. I can’t make this stuff up. We’re praying every day that there aren’t major problems she didn’t disclose only to be discovered months in. We’ve never had a “money pit,” and we’re holding our breath thinking this just might be it.

 

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Goofing around on closing day. #dirtyfeet